The Bridge Extravaganza, an annual fundraising event for Jewish Care, has achieved a Guinness World Record for having raised the most money, cumulatively, for charity by an annual bridge tournament.
The Bridge Extravaganza has raised £1,223,838 for the charity between 1997 and 2011. That figure has now been surpassed: this year’s event attracted more than 240 players to the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone yesterday and raised a further £70,000.
The money raised by the event supports the “from Home to Home” project, transporting people to Jewish Care’s centres for people living with dementia.
The Bridge Extravaganza has been run by the Bridge Committee who have been together from the beginning. The committee is made up of Patsy Bloom: Co-Chair, Susan James: Co-Chair, Loretta Burns, Adèle Goldstein, Jenifer Rosenberg OBE, Arlette Shamash, Nathalie Shashou, Rosalyn Springer, Ghita Tarn and Shirley Young.
Patsy Bloom, Bridge Committee founder and co-chair said: “It gives me the greatest pleasure knowing that we have made a real difference to so many lives. It just goes to show what the game of bridge can achieve."
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